The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) hosted students from the U.S.A, Germany and South Africa at the International Space Weather Camp between June 30 and July 13, 2019. The Camp featured a series of lectures, hands-on projects and other interesting activities which included the Balloon Launch.
The summer camp kicked off at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) at Neustrelitz in Germany with a two-week boot camp which took place from June 16 to June 29. The students then travelled to SANSA’s Hermanus facility for the second part of the training programme which lasted from June 30 to July 13, 2019.
The summer camp, also known as the Joint Space Weather Camp, is a tripartite collaboration between South Africa, Germany and the U.S.A, represented by SANSA, DLR and the University of Alabama respectively.
The camp was an opportunity for students from South Africa, the U.S.A and Germany to learn about space science and technology , with a focus on space weather, a relatively new and exciting field involving the study of the Sun and its influence on space and the Earth’s upper atmosphere, as well as the impact of solar events on space and ground-based technological systems that modern society relies on daily.
The summer camp involved lectures and other activities that covered various topics related to space weather, including cosmic ray particle transport theory, plasma physics, solar physics, heliospheric physics, computer simulations for modelling and understanding local space weather, and the impact of space weather on Earth’s atmosphere, satellites, and space.
SANSA hosted the International Space Weather Camp from 30 June-13 July 2019 with students from USA, Germany and South Africa. Part of the Camp consisted of a series of lectures, hands-on projects and other interesting activities which included the Balloon Launch. pic.twitter.com/jt4MjTZlu9
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Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Editor at Space in Africa. He writes about Africa’s NewSpace companies and emerging national space programs.